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March 1938


Author Affiliations


From the Division of Dermatology, University of Minnesota, Dr. H. E. Michelson, Director, and the Dermatology Service, the Minneapolis General Hospital, Dr. S. E. Sweitzer, Chief.

Arch Derm Syphilol. 1938;37(3):420-430. doi:10.1001/archderm.1938.01480090049004

In May 1900 Buschke1 presented to the Berlin Dermatological Society a man aged 44 in whom a peculiar hardness of the skin had developed after an attack of influenza. The process began on the neck and spread rapidly upward to the face and down the chest and back. Buschke suspected that it was acute scleroderma, but he noted that the involvement seemed much deeper than the usual scleroderma. In the discussion of the case various opinions were expressed: Senator suggested a diagnosis of myxedema; Lesser was reminded of a process similar to sclerema neonatorum, which, however, had not been observed in adults; Blaschko stated that he had seen two patients with the identical condition, which appeared in one patient after scarlet fever and in the other after exposure to cold. Buschke2 presented a second example of the disease to the same society in 1901, and first formally discussed

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